Police Alone Can’t Fight Insecurity – Bala Mohammed

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has said that Nigeria Police Force alone cannot fight kidnapping, banditry, and other security challenges facing the country.

Speaking with journalists in Bauchi on Friday, Mohammed said tackling the rising insecurity facing Nigeria will require collaborative efforts because the police are overwhelmed.

The governor, who noted that addressing insecurity cannot be left to the federal government alone, urged state and local governments, as well as traditional rulers, to be actively involved in ensuring improved security.

He said: “It is the responsibility of the federal, state and local governments, including all the traditional institutions in the country.

“These problems can only with tackled with concerted efforts and collaboration from the federal, state and local governments.

“As a nation, we are challenged by so many aspects of misdemeanors, crime and criminality. We must be very courageous to say it, and that is not something that is acceptable within the tenet of Islam.

”It is not just a federal government’s responsibility. It’s the responsibility of the federal government, the state and the local governments as well as our traditional institutions and all the stakeholders.

“We are all policemen today. We know these bandits; we know where they stay and what they do.

“Sometimes, they are aided and abetted by some of us and we should fish them out because the police in their numbers are already overwhelmed.

“I’m calling on the federal government to work with us as governors and local governments because that’s where the solution is.

“I hope we sit down as a country to reflect and make sure we bring solutions.”

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